Because the pursuit of happiness never ends.
What hasn’t been written about the 1959 Cadillac tail fin? General Motor’s flamboyant and genius Harley Earl and his inspiration of the Lockheed P-38 fighter airplane; the end of the era of the massive tail fins; the debate that tailfin’s made cars more aerodynamic.
In the winter of 1985 while running to my barn, I slipped on the wet morning grass and fell onto the tail fin of a 1959 Cadillac that I was restoring. It cut through an insulated jacket and cut my upper right arm muscle requiring surgery and leaving a scar in the shape of a “V”. At that time there were magazine articles about people who were injured by cars with fins and to heed the warnings of their endangerment.
Why do I continue to restore 1959 Cadillac’s? Firstly, the 1959 El Dorado Biarritz is my favorite car, but more importantly it is the great satisfaction that I receive from my customers who, upon picking up their finished restoration, fall in love with their car all over again.
After my customer picked up his 1959 Cadillac Coupe deVille pictured here, he drove it endlessly for several weeks enjoying the open road and all of the compliments that he received. He was listening to his favorite tunes on his iPod that was specially connected in his Coupe and encountered many people and made friends along the way.
Because the pursuit of happiness never ends – that is why I continue to restore 1959 Cadillac’s.